Minette Marrin

A True King Among Lears

Derek Jacobi gives a masterful performance as the tormented monarch

No Crying Matter

Men Should Weep is not worthy of the talents of the National. The Rivals, however, is blessed relief

Playing the Great Game

A new National Theatre play avoids cliché to portray US involvement in Afghanistan

Saturnine Sons of the Terror

A 19th-century play about an 18th-century revolution may be baffling. But it’s worth it

Terrible Home Truths

Arthur Miller's All My Sons has renewed resonance. The Apollo's production is unrivalled

Taking Liberties

Sexual and political intrigue have always been part and parcel of the ruling elite's life

Old-Stagers Resurrected

Five plays that have stood the test of time get a new airing on the London stage

Jerusalem the Golden

Jerusalem, a play rich in historical resonance, is dominated by an extraordinary individual performance

Champagne Moments

Once in a while, you see something on stage that takes your breath away

The Art of Bad Habits

Alan Bennett’s play about Auden and Britten works. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s about Degas doesn’t

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"